GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The STAFF GEOLOGIST provides technical support services for a Geology Department in a university setting.
This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Field Trips. Typical tasks: plans, organizes, and oversees geological field trips for both major and
non major students; keeps records of expenditures, numbers of students participating, mileage, etc.; conducts analysis
on collected geological samples/materials; directs and coordinates student work projects and materials analysis;
employees knowledge of the principals and practices of geology to advise students in field and laboratory methodologies
- Purchasing. Typical tasks: makes out specifications and orders equipment, materials, and supplies for
departmental accounts and research accounts; reviews departmental allocations and expenditures in order to track
status of budgets; keeps departmental accounts and inventories.
- Equipment. Typical tasks: maintains accession records, displays, and storage of minerals, ores, rocks,
fossils, maps, and audio visual and display materials; maintains a variety of records and files; oversees the work
of student employees; makes periodic safety inspections of equipment used in department; assumes responsibility
as safety representative for the department to the campus safety committee; coordinates and oversees the design
and construction of specialized research or teaching equipment needed by faculty or students; provides, directly
or through student employees, preventive maintenance and repairs of departmental computers and peripheral equipment
and lab, field and classroom equipment.
- Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: maintains master room schedules; assigns keys and makes room assignments
as necessary; maintains current knowledge of developments in geology through reading of professional and technical
journals, informal discussions with faculty and classroom observation; serves as technical resource to students
and faculty on field trip planning, sample analysis, and related resources; assists faculty and staff in planning
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Employees in this class have regular in-person contact with students, faculty, and staff while interacting on
departmental, classroom, or field trip matters. Employees have frequent in-person or telephone contact with other
agency professional geologists and the public to share or exchange information and data concerning the department
or the field of geology.
Employees in this class receive general supervision from an academic department head. Work is assigned orally
or in writing and is reviewed by observation of results and effectiveness. Employees in this class follow applicable
departmental and university policies and procedures, and follow geological writing and investigation procedures.
A Bachelor's degree in Geology or a related physical science.